Depart from Grootberg Lodge (or similar) in the early morning. The next four days will be spent tracking down the famous desert elephant as well as the threatened black rhino in the 5000 km² private concession area of Palmwag Lodge. From there, the routing follows into the Hoarusib River, where there are good opportunities to encounter the desert adapted elephant and lion. We also visit a Himba village. Your return journey takes you through Fort Sesfontein towards Grootberg Lodge (or similar) to overnight and relax after these breathtaking experiences.
This safari starts from the Palmwag area and the trail leads into the 5000 square kilometre private Concession Area of Palmwag Lodge. Breathtaking landscapes in mountainous area teeming with game welcome the guest - springbok, oryx, kudu, ostrich, jackal, zebra, giraffe, hyena, occasionally lion, leopard and cheetah provide excellent photographic opportunity for wildlife photography in this vast open infrastructure less wilderness area. With a bit of luck encounter the endangered black rhino (Bicornis Bicornis) and the famous desert elephant, which roam the area in absolute freedom.
The trail continues through game rich valleys and river beds, through gorges and past springs in search of a fresh track of black rhino or desert elephant. If lucky, we follow the guide for a few kilometres on foot and hopefully have the opportunity to enjoy the spellbinding experience of finding the rhino or the elephant in its natural habitat. Depending on game activities, the camp will be erected in the wild in the Hunkab spring area. Sip a refreshing drink while the guide prepares the meal on an open fire and absorb the day's experiences.
After breakfast enjoy a short hike for a brief inspection of the night's game activities around camp. The journey continues into the upper Mudorib River with a good chance of encountering black rhino or desert elephant in this dry and harsh desert environment. Arrive in the Hoanib River, a dry river bed densely overgrown with nutritious acacia trees providing the necessary fodder for the desert adapted elephant. Optimal chances to encounter one of the breeding herds of these giant creatures during the following game viewing drives through the valleys and side arms of this unique natural paradise.
Early departure into a northerly direction following the course of the Tsuxub river all along the eastern sceleton coast boundary into the Hoarusib river. Good opportunity to encounter plains game and desert elephant. Set up camp in the Purros community camp site with sharing ablutions. PM visit to a Himba village in the area with sundowner excursion in the scenic and beautiful Hoarusib river.
Start of the return journey in a easterly direction towards Grootberg Lodge following the game filled valley of the Gomatum river. Again the experience to find a breeding herd of desert elephant will be the highlight of today's journey. Brief visit at the village of Sesfontein and its fort, a previous Schutztruppe outpost of the former German colonial time and its six natural springs providing the village with fresh water. Picnic lunch with refreshing swim in the pool of the warm water spring at Ongongo. Arrive back at a lodge in the Palmwag area later afternoon. End of tour.
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